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If you live in the former municipality of Vianen, you still kept plastic packaging, metal packaging and drink cartons (pmd) separated in special pmd bags. The special pmd bags are now gone. Also, in April 2023, the above-ground containers in cores, in  neighbourhoods and at shopping centres removed.

Why a new way of pmd collection

Separating pmd at home with containers is very successful at low-rise buildings and in the outlying areas in our region. Separation at home produces the best quality raw materials. It is also the cheapest way to separate waste. That's why we now collect pmd in the former municipality of Vianen in the same way as in the rest of the region. The bags for pmd have disappeared. Pmd bags were regularly presented too early or not on the normal collection day. This created litter.

Residents of a flat, flat or upstairs flat often have no or less space to keep waste properly separated. The pmd collection in collection containers is a lot lower there. This is also a national picture. Separating afterwards is better than not separating. That is why these residents can dispose of PMD and residual waste together in the residual waste containers in the neighbourhood. By opting for post-separation of PMD from residual waste for high-rise buildings, we need to incinerate less residual waste expensively and we can therefore recycle more. For high-rise buildings, post-separation of PMD is therefore the best choice.

Changes around waste collection in 2023

The coming period will see changes around waste in the municipalities of Gorinchem, Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Molenlanden and Vijfheerenlanden. For instance, the municipalities want to encourage and help all residents to separate less residual waste and (even) better. To this end, the municipalities drew up a new raw materials policy together with Waardlanden. This new plan sets out how to reduce the amount of residual waste. We want to go from 232 kilograms in 2020 to 100 kilograms per person per year in 2025. Preparations and work to implement this new policy are in full swing.
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Why separate waste?

Some 70 per cent of our waste is raw material. Like plastic, paper, glass, garden waste and food scraps. If we separate this properly, we can reuse it. For example, we can turn organic waste into compost. From PMD we can make new packaging and products. And an old table gets a new life if we take it to a recycling centre. If we separate waste better and reuse more of it, we need to extract fewer new materials from the earth. And there will be less residual waste left over for incineration. Also, the national government's incineration tax makes burning residual waste increasingly expensive. So less waste is important for the environment and for your wallet.


We can imagine that, like many other residents, you have questions about the changes. This is understandable. That is why you will find answers to frequently asked questions on our website.

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